MARC RING – The Long Road Home
Marc Ring was previously a member of folk rockers Jasper (who have recently had a re-issue campaign through Angel Air) and Good Thinking, who released a comeback album back in 2011. For this solo release Marc Ring handles most of the instruments himself and is joined by Geoff Adler (guitar) and John Lancaster (banjo/mandolin/pedal steel).
The music is mainly country rock with a little rock ‘n’ roll thrown in for good measure, like the opener ‘Jailer (Bring Me Water)’. There are gentler tunes like ‘Take Me In Your Arms’ and listen out for a Mark Knopfler approved solo. In fact this album would definitely appeal to fans of Mr Knopfler’s solo work. ‘Too Many Teardrops’ brings to mind those traditional country tunes I use to hear on Radio 2 in the 1970’s, whilst ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’ has a touch of the Bob Dylan in it.
Sure to appeal to fans of his earlier work and country rock fans who like the more traditional sound, as opposed to the more modern Americana. ***1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
LENKA – Shadows
Fontana/Universal (released June 4th)
This is Lenka’s third album and what a wonderfully relaxing listen it is. Vocally she has a little of Bjork about her and the lush musical arrangements bring to mind Enya. The strings and synths really add to the vocals, which themselves are quite simply divine.
Highlights would include ‘After The Winter’ which features Tracy Bonham guesting on violin. ‘Two Heartbeats’ features the in utero heartbeat of her son and is a joyful celebration of life. ‘The Top Of Memory Lane’ is like a female fronted Beatles/ELO, a superb song.
It won’t be for all as the music is mellow and gently paced, only ‘Heart To The Party’ gets the tempo up and would be a perfect single choice. Lovely voice and an enjoyable album. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
THE PROWLERS – Point Of No Return
Fourth album from this Italian power metal band. Released back in January it kicks off with the shred of Touchy Too, plenty of keyboards and guitar. Face To Face is chunkier and crunchier, some Edguy and Leatherwolf in here.
The album nods to Queensryche and Iron Maiden too, while at times the high vocals are reminiscent of Hammers Rule. Victims has some fast keyboard guitar interplay before slowing down quite moodily, and while the soaring vocals in The Death Of Me make it a big song the time and pace changes make it almost progressive.
Modern power metal with some classic influences, well worth a listen. 3.5/5
Review by Joe Geesin
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09:00-12:00 ART OF ILLUSION X Marks The Spot (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 THE DEAD DAISIES Holy Ground (SPV)
14:00-16:00 TED & MAJELLA Divine Timing (indie)
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THE WEDDING PRESENT We Should Be Together (Scopitones)
MIDNITE CITY Crawlin’ In The Dirt (Roulette Media)
JOSEPH WILLIAMS Never Saw You Coming (Mascot)
ALEX JAMES BRIERLEY Go With The Flow (indie)
THE UNDERCLASS The One (indie)
MASON HILL DNA (7Hz Recordings)
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